Nicaraguan Impact-Investment Fund: the capstone class is returning to Nicaragua

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A sig­na­ture pro­gram of SEI is the senior cap­stone course, Advanced Stud­ies in Social Entre­pre­neur­ship. This course helps stu­dents under­stand the role that agri­cul­tural coop­er­a­tives and enter­prises play in alle­vi­at­ing extreme poverty among rural small­holder farm­ers. To achieve this objec­tive, stu­dents travel to Nicaragua to apply their class­room learn­ing and engage in impact invest­ing of …
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Njabini Incorporated's newest project: Wakulima Pamoja (Farmers Together)

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Michael Behan, a senior in his last semes­ter at North­east­ern Uni­ver­sity pur­su­ing a busi­ness major with a dual con­cen­tra­tion in Social Entre­pre­neur­ship and Finance, was run­ning in a small ultra marathon race. In order to get there he needed to drive about fif­teen hours, the last six of which were on tri­als through the desert. …
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Blanketing Unemployment in South African Townships

In July of 2012, 40 stu­dents from the Social Enter­prise Insti­tute (SEI) trav­eled to Cape Town, South Africa, to con­sult with local micro-entrepreneurs and social enter­prises under the tute­lage of Pro­fes­sors Den­nis Shaugh­nessy and Gor­don Adomdza of the Entre­pre­neur­ship & Inno­va­tion Group at North­east­ern Uni­ver­sity. SEI hosts inter­dis­ci­pli­nary North­east­ern stu­dents in Cape Town for their …
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Breaking into the field of international development: Michaela D'Amico's time with URCSF

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Break­ing into the field of inter­na­tional devel­op­ment work is dis­tinctly chal­leng­ing for recent col­lege grad­u­ates. But with the right com­bi­na­tion of honed skills, dis­tinct pas­sion, and good tim­ing, some have secured these much-sought oppor­tu­ni­ties. Michaela D’Amico, a 2010 grad­u­ate of North­east­ern, is one of those tal­ented peo­ple. Michaela recently returned from Uganda, where she was work­ing …
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Samasource: Advancing the Microwork Revolution

For­mal and dig­ni­fied employ­ment eludes bil­lions of peo­ple around the world, but Sama­source, a highly inno­v­a­tive social busi­ness, acknowl­edges the inter­net as a democ­ra­tiz­ing and empow­er­ing force that can pro­vide dig­ni­fied work. Sama­source con­nects women and youth earn­ing under $3 a day to microwork: computer-driven piece­work con­ducted over the inter­net that pro­vides a fair wage and valu­able job train­ing skills to the those for­merly excluded from the for­mal sector.

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Teaching Impact Investing in High Performance Social Enterprises

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The idea of “impact invest­ing” is gain­ing a great deal of atten­tion these days, includ­ing in under­grad­u­ate edu­ca­tion. While many insti­tu­tions have offered classes in strate­gic phil­an­thropy in recent years, and of course in tra­di­tional busi­ness invest­ing for many, we have focused our efforts at SEI on devel­op­ing edu­ca­tional pro­grams for a new third way of invest­ing. This new invest­ment dis­ci­pline involves socially minded investors pro­vid­ing cap­i­tal to both for profit and non-profit enter­prises that are com­mit­ted to effi­ciently address­ing social prob­lems in both a sus­tain­able and inno­v­a­tive way.

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